[zip] => 30331
[address] => 915 New Hope Rd.
[artists] => Marianne Weinberg-Benson
[city] => Atlanta
[name] => Greeters, The
[description] => Marianne Weinberg-Benson, 2001
Fulton County Public Art Program
From the brick columns flanking the entryway to the Southwest Arts Center emerge "The Greeters." Life-sized figures of young performers, a boy and a girl, are carved from industrial brick in bas relief. Acting as gateway portals to this building, "The Greeters" announce to all visitors the art center’s mission of education in the performing and visual arts. The boy, "Enkosi," is an African drummer named for Enkosi Johnson, a young boy in South Africa who showed great courage in the face of dying from AIDS. He represents the freedom of an inner rhythm and the courage to embrace it. The girl, "Jewel," is a ballerina who represents the jewel in everyone that can be discovered by the joys of self-expression. Combined with the Donna Pickens’ lyrical mosaic above them, the voice and song of "The Greeters" illuminates the building and draws the community in.
[photo] => /content/com.planit.public_art.PublicArt/78/Greeters2_-_PublicArtArchive.jpg
[location] => Southwest Arts Center
[links] => Array
[id] => 78
[state] => GA